23rd June 2020

“The decision by Eastern Airways not to re-start its Wick-Aberdeen route is both extremely disappointing and a further demonstration of the need for an ambitious new approach to protecting our vital regional aviation links.

 
“This announcement will have an immediate effect on a small number of jobs at the airport and create further uncertainty for the individuals, businesses and communities who rely on regular, reliable air services.  Keeping those services in place is more important than ever as the North Highlands, like the rest of the country, begins to map out an economic recovery from COVID-19.
 
“As a Chamber, we have been strongly making the case for a Public Service Obligation (PSO) that supports aviation links between Wick and Aberdeen and Edinburgh.   This latest development makes a PSO absolutely critical for the future of Wick John O’Groats Airport.
 
“Our proposal for a PSO is supported by a full business case and takes a bold and innovative approach to creating a net-zero emissions aviation route.  We are working closely with public and private sector partners and have had a series of productive discussions with Transport Scotland.
 

“This is an uncertain and challenging time.  Our focus is on delivering a PSO which will help Caithness and North Sutherland not just navigate the period ahead but come out economically stronger.”

 

Read the full article from the John O’Groat Journal and Caithness Courier here. 

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